FriendlyCare Ligation in Tagaytay

On August 28 FriendlyCare conducted ligation at the “Ospital ng Tagaytay”.
About 60 women from Tagaytay attended for the pre-screening and 36 out of 60 qualified for ligation operation. There were no candidates from Alfonso. Tagaytay Mayor Agnes (in orange long blouse) gave moral support & provided light meals to the women.

RIMM gave the check donation of P10,000 through Ms. Madz (in orange T-shirt) to aid post-surgery medication cost of FriendlyCare. She issued an Official Receipt of the said donation.

Ms. Madz said FriendlyCare aims to provide its ligation services in the entire Province of Cavite. Ms. Madz told us that FriendlyCare gives financial incentives to the Barangay health worker for every successful ligation referred.

Dr. Liza Capupus (in blue-white blouse) who is a City Health Officer of Tagaytay, strongly supports Family Planning.

Dr. Capupus mentioned the following reasons why the uneducated sector in the Philippines remain in utter poverty and continuing to rise in alarming rate:

  • they do not believe or refuse in the usage of any method of contraception
  • they believe having more children will help in earning money to put food
    on the table each day; they are lucky if they can have one meal in a day.
  • strong influence of the Catholic Church

She said USAID has observed that usage of pills & condoms being provided for free in health centers were mainly used by middle income sector and not by the poorest sector who needs it most which was USAID’s main target. That is part of the reason why USAID has diminished its assistance to the Department of Health. There are now lesser supplies of contraception available for free at health centers.

She also said the Department of Health has trained selected professional health workers to be resource speakers on a subject called “Adolescent Health” wherein teenage pregnancy is discussed in the said subject. There are modules in the program that the trained resource speakers follow as guidelines during the seminar. She assigns her resource speakers on voluntary basis to conduct it at local high schools in Tagaytay. The City Health Head Nurse of Tagaytay will conduct the Adolescent Health seminar at Tagaytay National High School.

She suggested that we approach Dr. Manzo to invite a trained resource speaker on Adolescent Health from her department to participate in our Teenage Pregnancy Forum at Taywanak National High School in Alfonso on Sept, 18.

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Fellowship – Joint Meeting at RIMM

February 1st, 2015
Folowing the fellowship luncheon a joint meeting was held with the other Rotary clubs at the headquarters of Rotary International Multinational Manila. Joint teamwork for family planning and ligation in Manila was discussed. Highlighted was also the social problem of skyrocketing teen-age pregnancies, especially in the typhoon belt areas (where WHO reported 15,000 babies were born every month) and the need to find effective solutions to it. It is a major part of the expected 50 million population increase over the next 35 years that will most likely be uneducated and perpetually live in poverty as the country does not have the financial means to address their needs now or in the future.DSCF5943 (Large) DSCF5945 (Large) 20150201_161628 (Large)

Women’s Health – Family Planning Support Evaluation at Makati Medical Center

Four of our club members visited Dr. Sonia Bongala, chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Ginecology at Makaki Medical Center for a review of practices, procedures and medical equipment used for women health issues inclusive of family planning. Our club sought for better ligation methods than BTL (Bilateral Tubal Ligation) and asked Dr.  Bongala the popularity of hysteroscopic sterilization in the Philippines as Makati Medical Center has hysteroscopy equipments which consists of an endoscopic camera, light sources, a monitor and nozzles. Possibly due to high cost of such method or patent issues, we learned that it is not yet feasible in this country.  Dr. Bongala explained that the equipment was being used to treat menstrual problems or to remove polyps, etc. 20150114_113902 (Large) 20150114_115801 (Large) 20150114_112319 (Large) 20150114_112632 (Large)


Ligation April 29, 2014

On April 29th the first ligation service sponsored by Multinational Manila in cooperation with local health centers was conducted for indigent women that had already given birth to between 4-7 children and desired to end their child bearing days. The minor procedure was performed free of charge by Friendly Care, an NGO in family planning service that is backed by dedicated doctors and nurses. Multinational Manila provided the transportation costs for the women to the hospital and then directly back to their homes after the procedure as well as meals and a project start-up P1,000 recovery assistance for each of the ligated women. For future ligation services the club will further focus on financially supporting the efforts of the dedicated midwives that are instrumental in supporting such family planning efforts.DSCF4823[1] (Medium)DSCF4840[1] (Medium)DSCF4839[1] (Medium)DSCF4852[1] (Medium)DSCF4835[1] (Medium)DSCF4833[1] (Medium)